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Question Centerboard control damage on a Tartan 37

Anyone familiar with the mechanism for the centerboard on a Tartan 37?

The pictures are of the plate where the mast sits on the keel. The smaller plate and tube are for the line to raise the centerboard. I was just cleaning around it and noticed that one of the screws was loose. When I went to tighten it, it turns out the hole is stripped. After closer investigation it seems like the sealant around the fixture is dried and falling apart.

I didn't have any trouble with leaks around this area last summer when I sailed this boat. I'm trying to understand how it all connects and what action is necessary?

Can I just clean out the old sealant and replace with new 5200 and put the 3 screws that still bite back in? Do I need to figure out how to remove the plate and have the stripped hole repaired? I'm not even sure why there's sealant around this point, as I'm fairly certain this isn't a joint that _can_ leak.
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Re: Centerboard control damage on a Tartan 37

The flange probably would do well with a good gasket, not 5200 which is too permanent for this lifetime. Lol

I can't tell, are we looking at fiberglass or metal underneath the mast step?

Is the boat in the water? Guessing no.

Also, all the weight is on a down ward Force so the bolts probably don't have /need allot of tensile strength.

I must say, that is an interesting set up to put the keel line and tube inside the mast!

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